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{video} Lanikai Pillboxes Hike + Cinnamons | Hawaii Bucket List

This Saturday we knocked out TWO of our Hawaii Bucket List items in one morning! We got up at 4am on Mike’s only day to sleep in and did the Lanikai pillboxes hike to see the sunrise.  Also followed by our trip to Cinnamon’s for breakfast with Bryt and her family.

Enjoy the antics!


Body Lessons | Opening A Restaurant (Jar + Fork Miami)

I may have said this a million times already, but here is a snapshot of my life in case this post doesn’t make sense. Feel free to skip over it . . .

I am a natural foods chef who graduated culinary school in NYC and left her life behind on the east coast to move to Hawaii without any help to see what I was made of. I crafted my career by staying open minded and hustling at various jobs all the while working on who I am as a person. Once I was happy, I attracted my husband into my life who works on submarines in the Navy. He is gone a lot, sometimes for long periods of time with zero contact. We are stationed here for another year and a half. To make the best of this time, my friend turned business partner and I manifested creating a business which was much in line with our lives work by changing people for the better through food. The stars aligned for us earlier this year and so us and a few other partners opened up our first restaurant and cold-pressed juice bar in an empire of many to come. This very first precious location happens to be Jar + Fork Miami Florida, far far away from home in Hawaii. So, I have begun the process of traveling back and fourth which will probably go on for a while.

Last month, for the very first time I traveled out and stayed for 6 weeks.  This time was incredibly hectic as we were in the construction, design and general setting up our concept stage. There are a lot of things I learned about myself in this period of time, but I am going to pluck out the things I learned about my body, health and appearance.

1.) WTF is Hunger!? – we all got very physical moving furniture, wood, concrete, deli slicers . . . you name it. You get so wrapped up in the craziness that you don’t really notice little pangs of hunger until it is screaming at you out of necessity to get your shit done. There is a fine line here though.  If you are able to get to the point of true hunger and not emptiness, you actually are able to feel what your body is craving and needing. For me it happened to be mostly fats and protein and not really often was it carbs. If you go too long without eating which also happened, your mood not only becomes sour but you lose those signals and sometimes even lose the urge to eat. BAD SITUATION!

2.) Exercise is CRUCIAL for Happiness – For me, I’ve mostly had it in my head that exercise was purely a step in the right direction towards an aesthetic goal. As motivating as it was to have a goal to reach, it took the actual fun and anti-stress benefits out of the equation. I worked out a LOT more than I ever thought I would in those 6 weeks.  It didn’t really matter so much WHAT I was doing, but more that I had an escape some mornings to be by myself in nature or alone in the skimpy gym pushing my body to its limits. It’s because of this experience that I am truly ok with just “going for a jog” or having a random lifting session. I know that whatever I CAN do is benefiting me, especially in times of high stress. When things slow down (i.e. I am home in Hawaii) I get to focus more on streamlining my goals and specifically doing things to work towards them.

3.) The Scale Is Not King – I waited until I was hungry to eat, and when I did I ate mostly “healthy” things and a lot of the times I didn’t.  I worked out about 3x a week and moved around a lot during the day and used my brain a lot as well. When I got home after 6 weeks, I weighed myself and saw a shocking number which happened to be the same number as when I left. My body composition surely changed but the scale did not.  In fact, this keeps happening over and over and I will admit that it is STILL hard to not accept the number on the scale as a way to measure short-term progress, but every time this happens, it helps.



4.)Doing Something Amazing Boosts Body Image – Before I left, I was counting macros and thrown deep into the cycle of trying to figure out the plan to make myself look better. See those videos HERE. When I lack confidence, I often turn to the reason being that I don’t look good and spend any free time I have trying to change that. Opening this restaurant, I simply didn’t have TIME to focus on body-shaming because I was too busy doing something that was much bigger than that. The confidence I gained from that period of time made me feel better about myself, including what I look like. When you truly feel there is more to you than what you look like, your priorities definitely shift.

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